Posts Tagged ‘Twist’

Ready, Set, Knit #150

Monday, October 26th, 2009
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This week on Ready, Set, Knit  Steve highlights the following yarns, magazines & patterns:


Ecologico from Schachenmayr
Sierra Color from Regia
Silenzio from Schachenmayr


Knitters Magazine Fall 2009
Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2009


Thermal from reknit in Valley Yarns Huntington
(NOTE:  The pattern must be downloaded from


Kiyo from Knitting Matters knit in Valley Yarns Deerfield
(NOTE:  We are the exclusive on-line resource for Knitting Matters Patterns)

I get to catch up with one of my favorite guests, Lexie Barnes.  Her new collection is just hitting stores and features 3 new fabrics and several new styles.  My life is pretty hectic but I often feel like a slug compared to what Lexie is juggling!  Besides her bag line, she has just opened Twist Pop-Up  Store in Thornes Marketplace in downtown Northampton.  The store will feature several of the artisans that show at Twist Fair in addition to other indie crafsters.

The next Twist Fair is coming up as well in just a couple of weeks.  It will be held on November 13 & 14 at the Northampton Center for the Arts.  The show is a blast and features some of the best indie craftsters.

If that weren’t enough, she’s also working on her next book, due out in Spring 2011! 

Pixie & I finish up the 3-Button Jacket KAL!

You can listen to Ready, Set, Knit! via our website or you can download the podcast on iTunes.



Bits and Pieces

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
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I have a list of a gazillion items I need/want to blog about.  Some of them are worthy of their own post and that will happen this week.  There are a few items that I’m opting to combine together in this post for efficiency and brevity.  Allow me to jump right in:

1.  Thanks to EVERYONE who particpated in the shared blog contest with  Mimie and I will be randomly selecting our winner and we’ll make the announcement on our respective blogs tomorrow.  I’ll get the yarn portion of the prize sent out and Mimie will get her portion sent out.  Please remember to continue to visit both our blogs when you can and continue to comment.  If you’re in the market for yarn or some wonderful spa products, I know we would both appreciate you visiting our sites to shop!

2.  This week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit!, Show #127 is available on our website and on iTunes.  This week Steve reviews the May Sale Yarns, some new closeouts and Pixie and I kick of the next KAL.  We are knitting the Shay Cap Sleeve Pullover – one of our own Valley Yarns designs.  We hope you’ll be knitting along!  (Full Disclosure – I am not knitting this project).

3.  I was catching up on some blogs earlier today and stumbled onto a very funny post from Being Beata.  She was at Stitches South and is a listener of our podcast (thanks!).  Here’s the part of her post that just cracked me up:

“I’ve been listening to the Webs podcast for a while, although I haven’t really kept up lately.  It was totally weird to see one of the owners, Steve Elkins, there.  He’s just normal guy running a booth at a yarn show.  But weird because I heard his voice in person.”

I will be using the “just a normal guy running a booth at a yarn show” description for sometime to come.  I’m sorry I wasn’t there to say “hi” Being Beata!  Thanks for shopping in our booth and sharing it with your readers!

4.  This weekend was Twist 2.0  here in Northampton.  Twist is the labor of love of Lexie Barnes and her lovely husband Corey.  The event features amazing handmade items.  WEBS was one of the sponsor and we were there doing a variety of demos on Friday night & Saturday.  Steve & I didn’t get to spend as much time at Twist as we would have liked.  The schedule was a bit over the top for us this weekend.  I did get to hang out for a bit late yesterday afternoon and snapped a couple of shots:

Deb & Elizabeth chatting with our Asst Store Manger Tina (a Twist exhibitor) and a couple of our customers.


Elizabeth was working on a project – one of those lace projects that is just a jumbled pile.  She was asked what she was working on and although I missed the pattern name, she put on her jumbled pile and look what it turned into:


She’s using size 3 needles and our 10/2 Bamboo.  She didn’t want me to take a picture as it’s still in progress, ends hanging out, etc., but it was just too stunning to NOT take a picture.  I was speechless and therefore can’t tell you anything about it other than what I’ve already shared.  Hopefully Elizabeth will post in the comments and if not, I’ll get the low down on the project this week.  All I can say is WOW!

5.  Last but not least, this weekend was Maryland Sheep & Wool.  Steve & I have never been.  That schedule thing I mentioned above seems to be the culprit.  Our friend Guido of It’s a Purl Man blog & podcast  pulled together a fabulous afterparty on Saturday and we were thrilled to be a sponsor.  He did this in less than a week, which for anyone who has ever planned anything involving 150 people, sponsors, door prizes, etc., you understand it’s no small feat.  By all accounts the evening was a great success!  Thanks for letting us be a part of the fun Guido!

I think that covers things for today.  In addition to revealing the winner of the contest, I will be making another big announcement.  Be sure to stay tuned for that!


Wrap Ups and Ramp Ups

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
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Sorry for not posting sooner. The weekend was crazy with Twist and I took off yesterday for a business trip.

Twist was an absolute blast! Thanks to everyone who came out – especially those of you who made the trek in the remnants of Hanna. It was such a great community event – Lexie & Cory you guys rock!

Here’s our own LA demoing the Rigid Heddle Loom on Friday evening.

I manned the show on Saturday and the interest in the loom was incredible.
Here’s Christa & Tina from WEBS! Christa was selling her beautiful handknits while Tina makes amazing necklaces.

For those of you who missed the event, rumor has it that a Twist 2.0 may be in the works, so be sure to stay tuned!
Now, as much as I hate to say goodbye to summer, there’s no question that fall is just around the corner. Our new fall catalog is arriving in homes and I have to say a great big “Thank you” to everyone who has taken time to email or post a comment or blog about it. We are really proud of this issue as it incorporates many new ideas I’ve been working on. If yours hasn’t arrived yet, don’t despair! The catalogs are at the mercy of the USPS so please have patience. If you aren’t currently on our mailing list and want to receive a copy, simply email with the request and be sure to include your name and mailing address.
For those of you who have already dog-eared several pages, what projects are you planning to make? Time to get fall knitting in full swing!

Interweave Crochet Fall ’08 Preview!

Friday, September 5th, 2008
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Just posted is the preview for the Fall ’08 issue! Check it out here

The designs are really beautiful and I have to admit to being partial to the Stepping Stones Cardigan by Kristin Omdahl. She used our Valley Yarns Deerfield and the finished cardi is really stunning! Can’t wait for the issue to arrive.

More updates from Twist are coming too!


Twist is Tomorrow!

Thursday, September 4th, 2008
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Kicking off tomorrow is the first ever Twist here in Northampton. Twist is the creation of Lexie Barnes and her husband Corey. From the website: “Twist is a fresh kind of fair, showcasing original handmade goods and art from over 50 of the region’s most talented crafters and artists. Two days of shopping start Friday evening on 9/5 with DJ beats and adult beverages.”

In speaking with Lexie over the past few months about this endeavor, I know she and Corey were passionate about having a cool, hip event which would provide the opportunity for anyone to come and check out incredible art at affordable prices. I also know they are hoping to provide the artists with a showcase for their talent as well as an opportunity to sell their goods.

Steve & I are totally psyched to be a part of this event. We’ll be there doing demos, there will be yarn to test drive, our Bead Store will be there as well. If you are in the area or are simply looking for something interesting to do this weekend, come on out to Noho and check out Twist!

The event runs Friday from 5pm-9pm and Saturday from 10am-8pm. The first 100 people will receive Twist Swag Bags. Admission is cheap – $3 for adults, $1 for kids 12 and under and FREE for those 5 and under. Hope to see all of you there!

Oh, and as promised:

It was the first day of school. Second and fourth grades. How the heck did that happen?


Ready, Set, Knit #94: Interviews with Rick Mondragon & Lexie Barnes!

Saturday, August 30th, 2008
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This week on Ready, Set, Knit Steve & I interview Rick Mondragon, Editor of Knitters Magazine. Get some insight into what it takes to bring each issue to life, Rick’s thoughts on the fall issue and more!

We also had the pleasure of having our friend Lexie Barnes join us this week as well! Lexie and her husband Corey are producing a new event here in Northampton called Twist, which will be held Friday & Saturday, September 5th & 6th. Here from one of the participating artists, Sarah of Ansel Blue Designs as well! We hope to see you there next weekend!

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